Mind Over Matter: The Prologue (Free Download)

Mind Over Matter: The Prologue showcases an eclectic mix of fresh talent from the Bay Area’s hip-hop, soul, and EDM scenes.  Presented by Zumbi (of Zion I) and Tim House of Ineffable Music.

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Fashawn – “Ladies” (Produced by Hecktik)

fashawn ladiesToday on Valentine’s Day, Fashawn delivers a new track called “Ladies”, which pays homage to the hardworking women who struggle to stay strong and raise the next generation.  The beat is produced by Hecktik, who kindly invited me to provide some additional piano keys on the track.

With this song, the “rapper’s rapper” continues to drop gems to quench the hip-hop world’s thirst as it awaits his highly anticipated sophomore album The Ecology.  -Markis Precise

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The Tortoise & The Crow: Triple Album by The Grouch & Eligh

tortoiseAs hip-hop naturally changes over time, it becomes more challenging for artists and listeners to maintain a mutual commitment towards each other, especially when styles and personal tastes evolve. When I think of two rappers who have successfully maintained a loyal and dedicated fanbase in this fast-paced digital age, The Grouch and Eligh immediately come to mind.  Continue reading

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Top 10 Favorite Hip-Hop Songs of 2013

It’s always refreshing to look back and appreciate quality hip-hop music that comes out, especially since nowadays it becomes harder to filter out the garbage.  Now that 2013 is over, here is my list of Top 10 Favorite Hip-Hop Songs of that year.  The simple criteria is that I bumped these tracks in my car more than any other hip-hop songs… makes sense, right?

Note: The following list is presented chronologically and not as a ranked list.  Continue reading

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Why Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” Album Is A Classic

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It’s been one year since Kendrick Lamar released his major label debut album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and since then the hip-hop community has branded it as an undisputed classic.  On top of that, I would say it’s one of the most important hip-hop albums to ever be released.  In most cases, when a well-respected independent rapper signs to a major label, we expect him or her to adjust styles in order to appeal more to a mainstream audience.  This has traditionally applied to anyone recruited by the mighty Dr. Dre (see: Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent).  When Kendrick Lamar signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, there was plenty of excitement yet nervousness among overly dedicated fans in regards to how this would affect his style of music.  Fortunately, many including myself could not have predicted just how much Kendrick would reach success on his own terms.

If there is one word I can use to describe Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, it is “uncompromising”.  While the album is certainly a classic for its vivid lyricism and top notch production, this came to no surprise.  After all, Kendrick had already showcased these qualities through previous indie label releases (Overly Dedicated and Section.80).  Rather, there are 2 other aspects about Good Kid, M.A.A.D City that impressed me just as much:  Continue reading

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